It's true that western coal is cheaper

by James Denison - 9/7/13 9:44 AM

In Reply to: Been there by Willy

and add to that the natural gas from fracking easily used in some areas, not so easily compressed and transported. The worsening situation began due to increasing environmental restrictions which pushed many industries including power plants off coal to some other source of power, thereby also decreasing demand. China now imports a lot of our coal.